Home Child Care Provider Pilot Program: Easy way to get Canada PR

Home Child Care Provider Pilot Program: Easy way to get Canada PR

The Home child care provider pilot program will provide eligible caregivers with a pathway to permanent residence once they’ve acquired two years of Canadian work experience.

Caregivers who are already working in Canada on a work permit and who also meet the qualification criteria can apply for permanent residents.

It is a program within the economic programs for PR. One of the interesting things that it really is a beautiful combination of temporary foreign workers who can transition to PR.

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Home child care provider procedure

Home child care provider pilot program

Here is the Home child care provider pilot program procedure: 

  • You have a foreign national almost always in another country. Let’s say this person wants to apply for this program. The person applies for PR and the work permit at the same time. Now that application goes to the CPC in Edmonton. 

The great thing about this program is that the family could come with the person. The person though needs to apply for the family as well at the same time.

In this case, we have a husband and a kid. That husband can obtain his work permit. And the kid wants to study in Canada. Well, that child can obtain that study permit. But the foreign national would need to apply for the family at the same time. And of course, paid for the family at the same time.

  • Now the IRCC strongly recommends that the foreign national pays for both the permanent residence fee and the work permit fee at the same time.
  • If the person meets the requirements of the home child care provider will get PR right away.

However, for most people, this will not be the case. Instead for most people, will not have the Canadian work experience requirement needed for this. Most people will not meet the requirements of the Canadian work experience that they need in order to obtain PR in this program.

So what happens then?

Well, they obtain an occupation restricted work permit. 

  • This occupation restricted work permit allows the person to work in Canada. And that person needs to obtain 24 months of qualifying work experience within the last 36 months before applying for PR. 

This is where it gets interesting because it’s the only program where a person actually applies for PR without having met the requirements.

And when that person finally gets that 24 months of qualifying Canadian work experience. The person simply puts together that last piece of the puzzle for their PR application. With the proof of qualifying work experience, the person obtains PR.

  • An occupation restricted work permit allows a person to go from employer to employer but they must remain in the same job role.

Requirements for Home child care provider pilot program

Here are the requirements for a home child care provider pilot program in Canada:

  • Language: CLB 5 in English or French, proven through IELTS, CELPIP, TEF, or TCF
  • Education: Minimum 1-year post-secondary education credential, ECA-verified or Canadian.
  • Intent and Ability to perform tasks required in the lead statement of the NOC. Measured by proving work experience and/or training through documentation. Documentation for intent can include: pay stubs, reference letters, contracts, educational credentials, work permit
  • Genuine job offer: Full time (30hours/week, non-seasonal) from a Canadian Employer outside of Quebec. A job offer cannot be from an embassy, consulate, or high commission. The job offer must match the NOC of the PR application and offer the prevailing wage. In the case of home child care provider look for occupation under NOC 4411
  • The employer and applicant must fill this form to prove the job offer.
  • The employer must prove that they can pay the wage
  • No LMIA is needed, but the job must still be open when the applicant is issued the work permit
  • The intent, Ability, and Genuine job offers are not needed for PR applicants who have the required qualifying work experience.

In an employer-specific work permit, the worker cannot work for a different employer in Canada. While in an occupation-specific work permit, the worker can switch employers, but not occupations.

  • Home child care providers and home support workers cannot work in each other occupations.

Home childcare provider work experience requirements

  • Provided in-home care to children under the age of 18 in their own home or in the employer’s or child’s home and are employed by private households, a child care agency
  • NOC 4411: Specific tasks include all the tasks related to babysitting/caregiving such as feeding, dressing, preparing meals activities, educational training, taking to and from appointments, keeping records of activities and health, etc.
  • Foster parents are not eligible. Foster parents care for childer as primary guardians for a foster agency in an emergency

Required Documents and forms

The following are the forms that must be filled out and submitted if outside of Canada:

  • Document checklist – home child care provider or home support worker [IMM5981]
  • Generic application form for Canada [IMM0008]
  • Application for a work permit made outside of Canada [IMM1295]
  • Additional Dependents/Declaration [IMM000DEP]
  • Schedule A – Background/Declaration [IMM 5669]
  • Schedule 19a- Education and Language Assessment [IMM 5982]
  • The offer of Employment Form [IMM 5983]
  • Additional Family Information [IMM 5406]
  • Supplementary Information – Your Travels [IMM 5562]

Spouses, partners, and dependent children may also apply for an open work permit.

The following form must be filled out and submitted by each person applying for a work permit.

Check the minimum legal age to work in your province or territory.

  • Application for a work permit made outside of Canada [IMM 1295]

The following form must be filled out and submitted for any spouse, partner, or dependent child who is applying for a study permit

  • Apply for a study permit made outside of Canada[IMM 1294]



  • Use of Representative [IMM 5476]
  • Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union [IMM 3409]

Benefits of this program

Bring your family

One of the issues that people had with the previous caregiver’s program was that people generally could not bring their family with them. Now people can bring their spouse and their kids. The spouse gets an open work permit. And the kids can get either get a work permit or go to school or are both.


The in-home caregiver is only open to people that are currently under the program. You don’t need LIMIA unless you’re going to Quebec or if you’re already here in Canada. You can use the LMIA option. And the last thing that you need to be aware of is that you’re doing everything upfront and then you’re moving forward and finalizing here.


You do not need a high IELTS score for this program. You only need CLB 5 to apply for the Home child care program.

No proof of funds

You do not need any proof of fund for this program. However, if your family is accompanying you, then you need to show proof of fund based on them.

Proof of fund is basically the show money and tell the government that you have enough money to support yourself in Canada. As the main applicant of the program, your job offer is enough to showcase that you can earn money to support yourself.

Apply without Canadian work experience

Another beautiful thing about this program is that you do not need Canadian work experience to apply. You have to meet the requirements of the program to apply and get a work permit.

The purpose of the work permit for caregivers is to provide you an opportunity to work in Canada and earn PR after a certain amount of time.

Note that Canadian work experience is mandatory for PR approval. 

Apply outside of Canada

As stated earlier, you do not need Canadian work experience to apply for the Home child care provider pilot program. It makes things easier for people who live outside of Canada.

You can read here how to apply for this program outside of Canada

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